Matt Kemp Used Michael Jackson's "Black Or White" As His Walk-Up Music

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Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, whose ethnic background became a topic of discussion in the Donald Sterling audio portion we released earlier today, responded to the controversy in a subtle, but remarkable way: by changing his walk-up music at Dodger Stadium to Michael Jackson's "Black Or White."

Recall this segment of the audio:

V: I didn't remove Matt Kemp and Magic Johnson, but I thought—

DS: Why?

V: I thought Matt Kemp is mixed, and he was OK, just like me.


V: He's lighter and whiter than me.


V: I met his mother.

The smattering of applause you can hear may have been for Kemp, or it might have been in recognition of the statement. Larry Brown Sports reports Kemp came up with the idea when a teammate put the song on earlier today in the locker room.